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Old 01-18-2010, 12:41 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO.
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I just love the way the woman and men dress in 1930 and 1940 they really care about how they look.
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:47 PM
 
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I have quite a few outfits from the 30s and 40s (both vintage reproductions and the real thing) and let me tell you.... they are REALLY REALLY uncomfortable.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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I imagine what women wore would be uncomfortable, although I'm at the time it was nothing compared to the Victorian era, that many would have remembered at the time.

As far as what men wore, I can't imagine it would be that different from wearing a three piece suit today.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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Really? They look comfortable.

I like some of the fashions during that period, but I think my favorite is probably the 50's.
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:35 PM
 
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I think the only way that they would approximate 'comfort' is if they were custom made. Yeah, garter belts and stockings that got runs often if you only wore them once, with seams in the back that somehow they knew were straight or not.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:01 PM
 
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Thank you all for your reply.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:41 PM
 
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Really? They look comfortable.
Keep in mind that this was before synthetic fabrics were used in clothes, so there was no "give" in these clothes at all.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:31 PM
 
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Keep in mind that this was before synthetic fabrics were used in clothes, so there was no "give" in these clothes at all.
W/respect to men's clothing, there was plenty of "give." Men's pants were full cut and men wore pants at their natural waist as opposed to their hips, like jeans. The arms on men's suit jackets were cut smaller to enable men to move around w/o feeling like they're in a straight jacket.
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:21 AM
 
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Keep in mind that this was before synthetic fabrics were used in clothes, so there was no "give" in these clothes at all.
Ah...okay. I hadn't thought about that.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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My mother worked in an office in Chicago in the 1940s. She was single (then newly married with no kids) and making very good money for the period. In Chicago at that time you dressed to the teeth to go out or go to work. Hat, gloves, nylons, the works. You didn't even go into certain stores unless you were very well dressed.

She told me that she and her friends would go to these clothing shops where "the girls" would bring out three dresses and lay them out in front of you. If you didn't pick one they would say, "Well, we don't have anything here for you." and that would be that.

I've seen the photos of her clothes and they were amazing. Wonderful fabrics. Details. Great shoes with bows on them. Her wedding dress was a two piece suit with beading that was gorgeous. And yes, she wore fur.

She'd also tell stories about not being able to get nylons during WWII so she and her friends would get a ruler and draw "seams" up the backs of their legs with a ruler and eyebrow pencil. They'd also use eyebrow pencils to give themselves "beauty marks".

When I was little, growing up in a very casual California, she would tell me these stories and I was always amazed.
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